ICS Lecture: Sidney W. Mintz’s “Quijote and Caliban, another Look at Creolization”

As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 8 lecture series for the 2011 semester, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Quijote and Caliban: Another Look at Creolization,” by Dr. Sidney W. Mintz (William L. Straus, Jr. Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University). Dr. Juan Giusti Cordero (Department of History, School of Humanities, UPR-Rio Piedras) will introduce the speaker. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 13, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Amphitheatre CRA 108 (Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building), School of Social Sciences, Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

Johns Hopkins University writes: “Dr. Mintz’s career began more than 50 years ago as a member of a field research team in Puerto Rico, where he chose a sugar cane plantation community to study. He says the experience was electrifying for him; he saw history unfold before his eyes. As he worked with local people, many bearing the same family names as the names of the plantations, the slavery and sugar past came alive. He discovered abandoned slave barracks, remnants of the traditional drainage-irrigation cycle of sugar-cane farming, and old craft skills, slowly fading away. After writing part of the book, The People of Puerto Rico, his first field experience led him eventually to write Worker in the Cane, the autobiography of a cane laborer, and many years later, Sweetness and Power, a historical account of sugar worldwide. After Puerto Rico, Dr. Mintz studied in Jamaica and Haiti.”

Sidney Mintz is a leading figure in Caribbean anthropology. He holds a PhD from Columbia University, where he studies under the direction of Julian Steward and Ruth Benedict. Presently, a research professor of anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Mintz has taught in many other esteemed institutions such as Yale University (1951-74), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, École Pratique des Hautes Études, the Collège de France, University of California-Berkeley, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, among many others. He is well known for his numerous publications, including Slavery, Colonialism, and Racism (1974), Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History (1986), Caribbean Transformations (2007), and Three Ancient Colonies: Caribbean Themes and Variations (2010).

This activity will be broadcast LIVE online via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71. Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec@uprrp.edu.

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

For Sidney W. Mintz’s full biography, see http://www.jhsph.edu/clf/education/Mintz.html and http://www.indiana.edu/~wanthro/theory_pages/Mintz.htm

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